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The Making Of "How It’s Made"
"At the studio, a researcher collaborates with an engineer at the plant to ensure that the script describing the manufacturing process is accurate."
television  meta 
7 weeks ago by kevan
Doc around the clock: BBC Arena celebrates 40 years in a day | Sight & Sound | BFI
"Approaching its 40th anniversary in characteristically thoughtful and ludic fashion, long-time producer Anthony Wall and editor Emma Matthews have revisited its archive of over 600 films from which they’ve terraformed a 24-hour film."
television  history  time 
may 2016 by kevan
Ex Astris Scientia - Re-Used Props - Miscellaneous Equipment
"Many props of Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent equipment for a different purpose or of another civilization."
television  hacking 
march 2016 by kevan
TV's Pace and the Ads Increase as Time Goes By - New York Times
From 1989. "The machines are also used to create an artificial level of enthusiasm among game show contestants and actors in commercials by speeding up the motion while keeping voices at a normal pitch."
television  time  illusions 
september 2013 by kevan
FakeTV - The Burglar Deterrent
"FakeTV is a small electronic device that produces exactly the same sort of light a real television makes. From outside after dusk, it looks like someone must be home watching TV."
television  illusions  crime 
august 2013 by kevan
HulkOutList
Situations that caused David Banner to turn into the Hulk, in the TV series. "56. Somehow getting himself into a belfry and then realizing that a bell is there, just as it strikes the hour."
television  mutation 
january 2013 by kevan
Magnificent application of game theory on a game show - bengoldacre - secondary blog
"Normally the play here is simple: you try to persuade the other person that splitting is a good idea, and that you can be trusted. This time, one of the contestants plays a different and very clever approach, signalling a clear warning to his opponent."
games  psychology  television 
april 2012 by kevan
The Foreign Language of 'Mad Men' - Benjamin Schmidt - Entertainment - The Atlantic
"Using digitized books, movie subtitles, and tools like the Google Ngram viewer [...] it's possible to write a computer program that looks at every single phrase to see if it really appeared in print in the 1960s."
language  history  television  via:danielle 
march 2012 by kevan
VIDEO: OWS Occupies Movie-Set Replica Of Itself, for Real | Mother Jones
"A few hours after television producers set up a replica of Occupy Wall Street for the filming of a new episode of Law and Order Special Victims Unit, the real Occupy Wall Street announced plans to occupy the fake one."
society  illusions  television  via:waxy 
december 2011 by kevan
BBC News - Product placement ban on British TV lifted
"Under Ofcom regulations, broadcasters must inform viewers by displaying the letter 'P' for three seconds at the start and end of a programme that contains product placement."
advertising  television  camrad 
february 2011 by kevan
Previously, On The X-Files -- Mulder's Big Adventure
"A random image generator that uses Markov chains and ImageMagick to construct semi-coherent bits of random X-Files dialogue, based on community transcripts."
television  random  language  via:brendan 
january 2011 by kevan
Why I spoofed science journalism | Martin Robbins | Science | guardian.co.uk
"Have you ever wondered why the first few lines of any BBC website article are often particularly stilted and awkward? It's because thanks to the BBC's multi-platform publishing guidelines, the first few paragraphs of any news story need to be written in such a way that they can be cut and pasted into a Ceefax page."
news  television  writing  history  via:blech 
october 2010 by kevan
Story Generator - TV Tropes
"We say 'story generator', but it should probably be 'story idea generator'. These elements from the trope indexes should spark an idea or two."
narrative  random  television 
november 2009 by kevan
Abstruse Goose » Electromagnetic Leak
"If extraterrestrial civilizations are monitoring our TV broadcasts, then this is what they are currently watching."
space  television  maps  time 
september 2009 by kevan
Infomercial Hell from Everything Is Terrible! - Video
"Are you tired of the ever present toxins that come from the backbreaking struggle of modern life?" A continuous edit of all the life-without-our-product build-up from bad infomercials.
advertising  television  lies  shopping  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan
Charles Jefferson (deskofCJ) on Twitter
Random CJ quotes, to hassle me a couple of times each day, in case I'm not working. "I didn't get where I am today without recognising a person who doesn't pull his weight."
twitter  television  work  creations 
july 2009 by kevan
Ian Bogost - A Television Simulator
"Here you see not only how much more realistic the car sprite would have appeared on a [1970s] television, but also how the multiple colored lines on the horizon would have blended with one another, creating a more credible sunset."
games  emulation  history  television  via:waxy 
april 2009 by kevan
JREF - Believing is Seeing
"How can you tell the difference between a ghost and an alien? On all those 'Ghost Hunting' shows, they are, well, hunting ghosts. If they actually find something, they automatically call it a 'ghost.' How can they know it’s not an alien?"
ghosts  aliens  television  memetics  monsters  delusions 
april 2009 by kevan
YouTube - Saturday Morning Watchmen
Opening credits for an imagined 1980s kids-TV version of Watchmen. "But when trouble's about, you'd best watch out... for the Watchmen!"
comics  humour  television  videos  via:joh 
march 2009 by kevan
An Interview With Oliver Postgate
"The only one we had trouble with was Professor Yaffle. [...] And I remembered a philosopher [I met] when I was young, Bertrand Russell, I remembered him as being [does the voice] very, very dry with a very thin voice."
television  philosophy 
december 2008 by kevan
BBC - Press Office - The Day Of The Triffids
Remake next year. "The year is 2011 and man has finally depleted the world's fossil fuel supply. In the hunt for alternative sources they uncover the ominous Triffid, a crop now cultivated for its fuel that seems to have a life of its own."
triffids  television  future 
november 2008 by kevan
The Associated Press: To some psychiatric patients, life seems like TV
"Researchers have begun documenting what they dub the "Truman syndrome," a delusion afflicting people who are convinced that their lives are secretly playing out on a reality TV show. Scientists say the disorder underscores the influence pop culture can have on mental conditions."
delusions  television  surveillance 
november 2008 by kevan
Simon Pegg on why the undead should never be allowed to run | Film | The Guardian
"However, [nothing] fully insulates us from the creeping dread that something so witless, so elemental may yet catch us unawares - the drunk driver, the cancer sleeping in the double helix, the legless ghoul dragging itself through the darkness towards our ankles."
zombies  television 
november 2008 by kevan
Charlie Brooker on Dead Set | Film | The Guardian
"Zombies are the misanthrope's monster of choice. They represent fear and disgust of our fellow man."
zombies  television  psychology 
october 2008 by kevan
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
"'Where do people find the time?' That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, 'No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you've been masking for 50 years.'"
society  television  future  time 
april 2008 by kevan
The Great Tantra Challenge
Science versus black magic, live on television. "After nearly two hours, the anchor declared the tantrik’s failure. The tantrik, unwilling to admit defeat, tried the excuse that a very strong god whom Sanal might be worshipping obviously protected him."
magic  science  television  india  via:holly 
march 2008 by kevan
Voluntary Confinement
"The show's creators bill Solitary as a harmless 'social experiment,' that red button rendering bogus any comparisons to actual torture."
psychology  television  prison 
march 2008 by kevan
Putting colour back in the Doctor's cheeks | Media | The Guardian
"Any black and white telerecording of a colour programme is prone to pick up interference from the colour encoded video signal. [...] However, the interference was often deemed so minor that the technicians doing the transfers used no filter."
television  technology  secrets  light  via:currybet 
march 2008 by kevan
Watchification
A visual spinoff of Speechification, gathering together quality factual television from YouTube and the BBC iPlayer.
television  videos 
february 2008 by kevan
Towards the End of the Morning - Michael Frayn
A great snapshot of the dying days of Fleet Street, the middle-class second-guessing of future suburban house prices, fledgling international air travel, and the lazy, unstoppable rise of television.
booklog  news  television  travel  society 
february 2008 by kevan
BBC admits Lotto button is a fake - Telegraph
"Despite his hesitation, the balls dropped into the spinning barrel, raising questions about whether the button was real."
television  lies 
december 2007 by kevan
OFF THE TELLY: Light Entertainment/The Game Still Goes On
"On 23 October 1996 the game began. Runners were released from a television studio in West London, with Trackers in hot pursuit. Seven days later, at 8.30pm, the first episode of Wanted went live on Channel 4."
games  television  history  surveillance  cheating  via:diamond 
november 2007 by kevan
Chaos theory | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
The mass adoption of decimalisation, seatbelts, smoking bans and digital television. "Once a change in our environment forces a change in our behaviour, we manage to convince ourselves, internally, that the change is morally right."
society  psychology  television  cigarettes  money  law  via:lmg 
august 2007 by kevan
The Avengers Forever: Behind the Scenes
"Clemens laid down a few ground rules that were to shape the new series: No extras on the streets, no policemen, no killing women, no blood and [no black actors]."
television  design 
july 2007 by kevan
YouTube - Daydream Believers (Mitchell & Webb pilot) 1 of 3
Mediocre parallel-storyline sitcom pilot from 2001 about a bad sci-fi writer and his bad sci-fi characters, getting a full series on Radio 2 from this weekend.
television  radio  videos  space  writing 
may 2007 by kevan
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2003)
Nice parallels of love and death, both being dreamlike in a deadpan way. A bit slow at two hours, even for a twenty year biography, but Rockwell remains engagingly half-likeable throughout the whole thing.
filmlog  4stars  television  surveillance  death  secrets  love 
march 2007 by kevan
Good Bye Lenin! (2002)
The value and cost of selfish, idealised delusions; the timeline and scenery of the film feeling a bit like one itself. Great snapshots of a society in quiet, half-mourned collapse, a lot of good dereliction, and the premise never overplays itself.
filmlog  4stars  germany  delusions  illusions  secrets  politics  television  history 
february 2007 by kevan
Cruise of the Gods (2002)
Brydon as the washed-up star of a flimsy 80s sci-fi series, being carried around Greek islands by a fan-club high priest. The bell curve of attitudes towards worshippers, and the importance of finding meaning where none exists.
filmlog  4stars  television  nostalgia  writing 
january 2007 by kevan
smashingtelly - the best full length free tv programs on the web, updated every day
"Smashing Telly is a hand edited collection of the best free, instantly available TV on the web. Not 30 second clips of a dog on a skateboard, or the millionth person to mime the Numa song, but full length programs."
television  web  videos  via:lmg 
january 2007 by kevan
Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?
Mind-hacking it. "I knew that I could employ the most basic of priming tactics: talking about the question, posing scenarios, throwing out wild speculations, even just babbling [to] trigger the buried neocortical circuits holding the key to the answer."
brains  memory  science  television  money  via:mindhacks 
november 2006 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Nigel Kneale
"Nigel Kneale, who died on Sunday aged 84, was responsible for one of BBC Television's earliest audience successes, the Quatermass series, and became one of the most influential television and film writers to emerge in the 1950s."
death  television  science  aliens  writing 
november 2006 by kevan
TV Might Cause Autism - Slate Magazine
"In counties or years when rain and snow were unusually high, and hence it is assumed children spent a lot of time watching television, autism rates shot up; in places or years of low precipitation, autism rates were low."
television  weather  brains  children  society  science  via:mutual 
october 2006 by kevan
Random Good Stuff: Atari 2600 Plug and Play Keychains
"Plug in the included 6 foot cable (on a battery powered reel) into the keychain and your TV, and you really can enjoy the games of yesteryear. Yes, you read that right: these keychains contain real Atari games, and are fully playable!"
games  television  toys  via:wonderland 
september 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Arts | Masters of comedy - Mitchell and Webb
"I think we both laugh at people falling on their arses as much as [affects pretentious accent] amusing librettos about Proust! Actually, I've never laughed at an amusing libretto about Proust and I don't think they exist. I take that back."
comedy  radio  television  interviews 
august 2006 by kevan
Network (1976)
Exploitative television and trivialised news coverage, although I'm too ignorant of American TV history to know exactly how ad absurdum it was meant to be, from here. The detached plotlines drag the film a bit, but it's great satire otherwise.
filmlog  4stars  news  television  delusions 
august 2006 by kevan
Comment is free: Are the Millionaire three innocent?
Jon Ronson reassesses Charles Ingram. "People are known to cough on unconscious triggers. People with coughs and throat irritations may experience the need to cough as the correct answer to a question - one which they knew - were read out."
television  games  cheating  law  ronson  via:lmg 
august 2006 by kevan
YouTube - wilkins coffee 1
Cheerfully threatening proto-Muppet coffee ads from the 1950s.
advertising  drinks  television  puppets  via:leonard 
august 2006 by kevan
badscience » Ka-Boom! Science! COOL!!?!
The fake science of Brainiac. "The sheer volume of water then totally drowned out the thermal shock-wave I was expecting to shatter the bath. This was an expensive filming day. [...] They could not go home empty handed."
science  television  lies  cheating 
july 2006 by kevan
YouTube - Eaaaaaaastenders
A clip from Eastenders with David Cann as a doctor, woozily stretched and soundtracked to resemble a Jam sequence.
videos  television  mutation  medicine  via:qwghlm 
july 2006 by kevan
The Secret Life Of Machines
Full downloads and torrents of all three series, apparently tacitly endorsed by Hunkin.
science  videos  television  technology  download 
may 2006 by kevan
Series 7 - The Contenders (2001)
Sharply prescient reality-TV satire that has a lot of fun with its medium - the contestants' complete face-value acceptance of their situation, and the darker powers of primetime television as a combined church-and-state.
filmlog  4stars  television  surveillance  death  games 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | Move over Hollywood
"[From the 1960s to the 1990s], moving from movies to TV was considered slumming it, a suicidal burning of one's bridges. Not any more. Actors, like many others, have cottoned on to one fact: we're now in the Second Golden Age of American Television."
films  television  america 
may 2006 by kevan
Advertising Standards Authority - Most complained about ads of 2005
"The other, in tenth place, is a mailing for Channel Five's programme CSI:NY, which was also deemed distressing in its guise as the dossier of a real-life serial murderer with a penchant for victims bearing the same name as the mailing's recipient."
advertising  television  death  camrad  lies 
april 2006 by kevan
BBC Programme Catalogue
"This experimental catalogue database holds over 900,000 entries. It is a sub-set of the data from the internal BBC database created and maintained by the BBC's Information and Archives department."
television  radio  history 
april 2006 by kevan
George Gerbner - Reclaiming Our Cultural Mythology
"For the first time in human history, children are hearing most of the stories, most of the time, not from their parents or school or churches or neighbors, but from a handful of global conglomerates that have something to sell."
television  society  children  via:idiolect 
april 2006 by kevan
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Very sharp glimpse of what television meant in the 1950s, and what it could have been, what it was important for it to become. Present-day parallels are a bit heavy-handed, but it still stands up in isolation.
filmlog  3stars  television  politics  news  history  cigarettes 
march 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | News | Darren McGavin
"McGavin, who has died aged 83, is best remembered as Carl Kolchak, the demented Chicago reporter fighting unseen supernatural evil."
death  television 
february 2006 by kevan
MediaGuardian.co.uk | Media | BBC's Jesus sings Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
"The climax of the event sees Jesus sing the Smiths classic song Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now as he is being flayed by Roman soldiers. He will then come face-to-face with his Roman prosecutor Pontius Pilate [for] a duet of the Oasis hit Wonderwall."
religion  music  morrissey  television 
january 2006 by kevan
islandpacket.com | Woman who died in '03 left in front of TV
"The mummified body of a woman [...] was found in a chair in front of her television set 2 1/2 years after her death. Johannas Pope had told her live-in caregiver that she didn't want to be buried and planned on returning after she died."
death  television  zombies  via:arbroath 
january 2006 by kevan
Akumulator 1 (1994)
TV screens sucking the souls of people who regret their appearances on them; a messy but entertaining build-up to blankly dangerously television sets, and a protagonist ducking and rolling with an armoury of pre-TV-B-Gone remote controls.
filmlog  3stars  television  magic 
january 2006 by kevan
Life With Alacrity: Cheers: Belongingness and Para-Social Relationships
"In order to maintain 'real' relationships, you have to put in a tremendous amount of effort: making phone calls; returning emails; planning weekends together; etc. To maintain para-social relationships, however, all you have to do is flick on the TV."
television  psychology  society  via:foe 
january 2006 by kevan
Andy's Anachronisms - Time Travel Reviews
"A site devoted to exploring the themes of time travel and alternate universes in books, film, television, and pop culture in general."
time  books  films  television 
december 2005 by kevan
MediaGuardian.co.uk | Channel 4 prepares TV's biggest practical joke for blast-off
"Channel 4 said it was attempting 'the biggest practical joke in TV history' by convincing contestants that they were taking off from Russia to become the first British space tourists when in reality they were being filmed at a disused airbase in the UK."
space  hoaxes  lies  television 
november 2005 by kevan
USATODAY.com - Sparrow knocks over 23,000 dominoes before being shot
"The unfortunate bird flew through an open window at an exposition center in the northern city of Leeuwarden where employees of television company Endemol NV have worked for weeks setting up more than 4 million dominoes."
birds  death  television  via:arbroath 
november 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | Unicef bombs the Smurfs in fund-raising campaign for ex-child soldiers
"The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol [...] until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky."
war  children  advertising  television  weapons  via:mcios 
october 2005 by kevan
Mindpixel Blog: Brainpixels - Extracting Video from Cat Brains
"Using cats selected for their sharp vision, in 1999 Garret Stanley and his team recorded signals from a total of 177 cells in the lateral geniculate nucleus."
cats  brains  eyes  science  television  technology  via:collision 
september 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Television shows scramble forensic evidence
Criminals learning from CSI. "Police in Manchester in the UK say that car thieves there have started to dump cigarette butts from bins in stolen cars before they abandon them. 'Suddenly the police have 20 potential people in the car.'"
police  science  crime  television  cigarettes 
september 2005 by kevan
Press Your Luck
Beating a non-random game-show prize sequence: "In November of 1983, he recorded every episode of Press Your Luck over the course of several weeks. [Larsen] froze the images to examine randomized tile sequences frame by frame."
cheating  money  random  television  hacking  via:qwghlm 
september 2005 by kevan
The Daily Texan: Zombies descend upon Erwin Center
Some Internet people organise to "raise awareness about the brain-melting nature of television" by shambling around American Idol queues in zombie costume, and then acquiesce and sign release forms when offered the chance to be filmed for the programme.
zombies  television 
august 2005 by kevan
SocietyGuardian.co.uk | A very private illness
From a good interview on Midweek this morning:- "Is The House of Obsessive Compulsives going to genuinely inform and de-stigmatise, or is it going to be another case of television executives looking for a fast laugh from a difficult situation?"
television  psychology  brains 
july 2005 by kevan
The Sunday Herald: Campaigners target loan adverts being broadcast during children's programmes
"Our poll shows children are increasingly responding to a parent's refusal to buy something by quoting a slogan or telephone number from a TV loan advert."
children  money  advertising  television 
july 2005 by kevan
UK Audiences wanted > Vorderman's Su Doku Live
"We need contestants for an exciting live national TV event for the first ever Su Doku game show - the logic puzzle that has swept the nation." Nine team of nine is quite amusing, but Armando Iannucci got there first.
television  puzzles  lunacy  via:mcios 
june 2005 by kevan
collision detection: The brutal gaze of high-def TV
"Celebrities are considered attractive at least in part because they're suited to the technology of the age. The transition from silent movies to talkies destroyed many actors' careers, as did the shift from black-and-white to color."
television  films  faces 
june 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Italy faces its first nationwide TV viewers' strike
"The organisers have negotiated discounts with museums, galleries, theatres, bars and restaurants for anyone who turns up between Friday and Sunday carrying a TV remote control." BBC4 documentary last night implied that this has become a regular event.
television  museums  italy 
june 2005 by kevan
I like to watch / CopVision
Training a computer to watch television, to match previously-learned subtitle words with things it can see on the screen. "It analyzes every frame, searching the field for outlines that remind it of something it has seen before."
television  surveillance  via:wmmna 
june 2005 by kevan
Doctor Who - New Brighton Exhibition
Some props and costumes on the pier, a bit absurdly. "Exhibits include items featured in the first six episodes including the fantastic Moxx of Balhoon, Slitheen, Autons, Jabe, many of Platform One's guest list and not forgetting a certain Pig."
brighton  events  piers  aliens  daleks  pigs  television  todo 
may 2005 by kevan
The Times: Let's not be beastly to Daleks
BBFC give the new Doctor Who DVD a 12 certificate. "However cross one might be with a Dalek, being cruel is not the way to deal with the issue."
daleks  children  television  via:mcios 
may 2005 by kevan
Armando Iannucci - That's enough entertainment, thanks
"Less choice makes us perform better and, consequently, feel happier. The cultural equivalent is, for example, the strange feeling of depression that is said to overcome users of an iPod."
television  music  books  depression  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
Armando Iannucci - That's enough entertainment, thanks
"Less choice makes us perform better and, consequently, feel happier. The cultural equivalent is, for example, the strange feeling of depression that is said to overcome users of an iPod."
television  music  books  depression  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > Watching TV Makes You Smarter
Steven Johnson on the healthy informational complexity of modern television. "The mind also likes to be challenged; there's real pleasure to be found in solving puzzles, detecting patterns or unpacking a complex narrative system."
brains  television  via:foe 
april 2005 by kevan
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